A House on the Water Inspiration for Living at the Water's by Robert Knight

By Robert Knight

Residing in a home at the water is a virtually common hope. everyone is certainly attracted to the water -- either for game and rest -- and websites at the water promote quick. yet what's it rather wish to continue to exist the water? Maine architect Robert Knight explores 24 houses during this booklet that characterize notable examples of the connection of condo to water -- beach, lakeside, and riverside -- with transparent clarification of the layout and development info essential to create a stunning condo that could stand up to the occasionally critical stipulations on the waters area. With assistance from three hundred colour photographs and location plans, a home at the Water bargains with those concerns effectively, and the recommendations to those technical difficulties increase the standard of the layout instead of forcing compromises in it. even if you're actively making a domestic on the waters aspect or just dreaming approximately it, a home at the Water presents either idea and invaluable layout suggestion for a house that respects the beach, suits into the environment, and is outfitted to resist the original stipulations of the positioning for generations to come back. «Bob Knight is a sailor and an architect. His lifelong event with boats, how they take a seat within the water, how they do the activity for which they have been meant, how gracefully they deal with their setting are all mirrored in Bobs method of houses and their layout. His paintings is expert, yet now not constrained to, the sensibilities of conventional layout. Like a great naval architect, the outcome is a undertaking that matches its harbor or site.» --John ok. Hanson Jr., Maine Boats & Harbors journal «A condo at the water is the dream of many. listening to the slap of waves. having fun with the environment sunlight shimmering like pink paint at the water. observing birds skim over the outside. Bob Knight presents us with such awesome houses, stunning photos, and the wish that sometime we, too, may have a house at the water.» --Michael Carlton, domestic & backyard Editor, Yankee journal «Emphasizing the methods strong structure impacts notion and temper, Robert Knight deals invaluable classes in find out how to create a waterside domestic that embraces either its web site and its occupants.» --Jeff e-book, Senior Editor, Coastal residing in regards to the writer Architect Robert Knight, AIA is the critical and founding father of Knight affiliates in Blue Hill, Maine. Knights homes have seemed in a couple of guides, together with Tauntons developing the now not So tremendous residence.

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There’s a A raised planter brimming with flowers and foliage, an olive tree, and a pergola frame the entry gate, distinguishing this house from the garage-dominated fronts along the rest of the street. combination living and dining room on one end, a kitchen and family eating area on the other, and a hallway and staircase in between. Each room has identical openings on the garden and water side. With neighboring houses to the north and south, all the orientation of this house is east to the garden or west to the water.

A Wall of House Driving up the hill in this lakefront community, you pass by older, small homes and newer, predictable, larger ones, finally arriving at Sally and Kurt’s house, which exudes personality without being ostentatious or cute. Before the renovation, the house was an object sitting uncomfortably on a piece of ground; it didn’t seem to belong. From the street, the new ı Stretching across almost the whole lot, the house forms a barrier to the rest of the property, but the roof overhangs, pergolas, and porthole windows reach out to draw us inside.

Then the occupants can feel the progress of the sun throughout the day. ı Once inside, the low ceiling of the entry foyer gives way to the towering ceiling of the main living space. FACING PAGE The First Glimpse of Water One of the most exciting things about approaching a house on the water is getting that first glimpse of the water. Here, SITE PLAN the first view is from within the woods, framed by the oaks and looking out over the field to the south. But as you get closer to the house, the view of the water is traded for a cold winter winds large oak tree that overhangs the entry court; the water is gone and you have to go inside the house to see it again.

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